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Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  2,108 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
#1 New York Times Bestseller

In this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster The Amateur, former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts, Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with de
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 23rd 2014 by Regnery Publishing (first published June 5th 2014)
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Bill Powers
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even if we assume that only half of the depictions in this book are accurate, it suggest that both the Clinton and Obama families and their minions are in need of serious mental health intervention and none of them should be allowed on the White House tour, much less qualify for POTUS. Unfortunately this book says more about the small-mindedness and intellectual weakness of the Lilliputian sized intellect of today’s American low-information-voter.

"In a democracy, people get the government they d
This book was really the cherry on the cake.

From the 'deep background' of the two families, a tale of intrigue is spun around these two families. Hundreds of people who boasted to be connected to the two families, shared their experiences. Many of them insisted on remaining anonymous, while in many other instances references to articles are provided.

This book is a sequel to the author's books, The Truth About Hilary (2005) and The Amateur - abo
Usually this isn't my type of book. Even the title, Blood Feud: The Obamas vs. the Clintons, sounds like a headline you could read while you wait in a check-out line. That is what I thought the book would be like. It wasn’t actually.

Although the book is called an exposé and much of what is related isn’t exactly complimentary, some parts read almost like a volume of history on four powerful political figures at odds with each other. Then there were the sections which were more sensationalized, or
Arnold Osborn
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Since I am not a fan of either of these families.... I really enjoyed this book.
Let's be clear. This is no great work of art, but it is a good telling of the interactions between these two camps of people and little is left to the imagination.

If you are a strong Democrat or if you have Fond feelings for either one of these groups of people, you may want to avoid this book. on the other side... If you are like myself, a Libratarian with a strong opinion of the polictical system and the people who
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Well-written for this political novice. the author confirmed much of what I thought. However, both Bill and Barack think quite highly of themselves; but I think of the two Bill is smarter and more politcally savvy. I did not know Clinton's health problems were so severe, both his and hers; and I agree that should Bill die before 2016, Hillary will drop out of politics.

As for the Obamas, I hope they enjoyed their lavish lifestyle paid for by the American people, I hope their consciouses some day
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it gossip? Most likely, at least partially. But is it a delicious read? Absolutely! And I'd guess enough of it is true to add to the fun. If you are a devoted, steadfast follower of either of these couples it will likely annoy you and you won't even finish. If you are not then you will likely snicker through most of it. Either way, it is a fun, easy read.
Alan Kaplan
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Delicious, National Enquirer type read about the Clintons and the Obamas. Bottom line is that the Clintons and the Obamas hate each other. All of them have bottomless egos and narcissism to spare. The sad part about this book is that none of them care about the country or our future. They are only interested in their own careers and egos. Hillary and Bill and Michelle and Barak do not have real marriages. They use each other for personal gain and power, which is all they are interested in. For a ...more
Robert Miller
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It is clear to me that the author, Edward Klein nicely researched the topics; it is understandable why his sources, though quoted, couldn't be named- especially given the apparent vindictive tendency of the three major topics. I'm a big fan of Bill Clinton, voted for Obama (the second time)and have always been less positive towards Hillary. The book squarely sets out the psychopathic (narcissism, lack of empathy, using of others, etc,)nature of politics when it gets to ...more
Stacey U
Bill Clinton cracks me up!

I love this guy! Even as a conservative republican,I admire Clinton's "gamesmanship"....the stories of the constant chess matches between Obama (really Jarrett) and Clinton for control of the party's future are priceless, not only.because they are fun and gossipy :-) but also because they provide yet another glimpse.into who pulls the "Amateur"'s strings....
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This could read "Ripped from the headlines" - that is if the current administration hadn't turned the alphabet networks into a state run mouthpiece. We certainly see that loyalty is a rare commodity in politics, especially between frenemies like the Clintons and Obamas. No wonder our country is at one of its lowest points in history.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Obama vs. Clintons: Is there a bad blood between them? Ed Klein explains.

This is another great work of Ed Klein that exposes that bad blood exist between Obama and the Clintons. Clintons were not happy since Obama beat Hilary to win the presidential nomination from the Democratic Party in 2008. So why would Obama care for Hilary’s win in 2016? Ed Klein is masterful in exposing the bitterness among this old political nemesis. Hilary reluctantly accepted the role of Secretary of State Position to
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
There are no new or surprising revelations here. Although I believe most of it, there is no documentation, and although Klein's sources obviously could not speak on the record, it still weakens the book. Klein REALLY hates the Obamas (I can see why), kind of hates Hillary Clinton, and kind of likes Bill. Oh, and they all hate each other.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1non-fiction, box19
Gossip, and not very good gossip at that.
Lesa Parnham
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
I'll say up front, with all their flaws, I am a Clinton believer of the top notch! I am hoping for Hillary (and pretty positive that she will be a winner) love Chelsea, and that incredibly intelligent "good old boy" Bill. Sure, I believe Clinton, although doing good for others, might have self-serving or Hillary serving motivation. After all, I believe all politicians are egomaniacs, BUT, so what? tThe Clintons and their sometimes shady benificiaries)are caring and feeding people, keeping people ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
In the interest of full disclosure, I was not a fan of either of these political "royal" families prior to my perusal of this book. And they most certainly did NOT earn any brownie points upon closing the last chapter. Obviously, author Edward Klein would express similar sentiments. His disdain for both parties is blatant from the get-go. Did this bias his work? Yeah. I've no idea the how much of the dirt he dug up is true. In all likelihood, liberties were taken and bad behavior exaggerated. Ne ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Although purported to be non-fiction, this book reads somewhat like a well-constructed novel. The imagery of private scenes is too crisp and vivid. The characters' emotions - those of the Obamas and the Clintons - are intense and black-and-white, without a hint of gray, despite the fact that they are reconstructed from interviews with witnesses.

The internet commentary suggests that these impressions have substance. I was previously unfamiliar with Klein's work, but he has been debunked before. R
Rick Shrader
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it
My only interest in this book is that I, as an American citizen, am concerned about the leadership of our country. The book is captivating for sure, and also plenty disgusting. If half the things Klein describes are true it is a scandal of epic proportions. The problem with the book is that Klein gets most of his information about “he said” and “she said” from secondary sources, people who supposedly were in on private conversations between Bill and Hillary or Barack and Michelle. As far as I kn ...more
Benjamin Lee
Apr 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
A source told me to read this book,I can't elaborate on this source but a different source reiterated what the first source said and both unnamed sources stated to this Reviewer that this book should be read. Why did I read this book? I had/have a stack of holds and yet I felt compelled to pull this from the stacks and give it ago. Redundant and mindless this "book" would have been better as a fiction novel and then facts wouldn't matter. Somewhat amusing but altogether blah. Doubled spaced line ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I listened to this on audio and probably could have listened to the entire book in one day if I had had the time. Very interesting and at times sensational, but reading this defintely put some of the pieces to the political puzzle together for me. I've always wondered why Hilary would have agreed to be Secretary of State under Obama, given the circumstances, and Blood Feud gave a very reasonable explanation as to why. I'm sure all four of them would dispute much of what is written, as it portray ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I take issue with Klein calling himself a journalist. I categorize him as a political writer and he clearly has an agenda and a bias in this writing. The book could have used a better editor--there was much repetition and some of the reporting clearly falls under the category of hearsay. That said, I enjoyed the book and tend to believe much of it. Politicians are pretty evil in my opinion. They seem to have no scruples and would sell their souls (and have!) to win elections and further their po ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bernye ayer, alexandra ayer, christiane defilipps
Shelves: political
As one of my friends from across the pond always says when he's flummoxed, this book was "amazeballs". I could not believe the level and depth of information exposed about the "real" relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. Very chilly at best and at worst very much in need of some hands-on "therapy". Everyone should read this book with an open mind and keep some of the nuggets revealed in mind before pressing the lever or the number two pencil to vote in the upcoming 2014 elections. Ab ...more
Richard Macquarrie
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-rated
This book was very easy to read and almost impossible to put down. I think Edward Klein is one of the great political authors of our time. The book is not for someone who is in love with either the Clintons or President Obama however. It makes Obama out to be a cold jerk, and the Clintons out to be power lovers who want nothing more but to be back in the White House at any cost. If you are a Republican this book is for you. If your a Democrat who is dissatisfied with Obama and does not wish to s ...more
Sebastian Figueroa
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although poorly sourced this book read like a Spanish novella and b/c of that I gave it four stars. I am no fan of both these families but if I had to tolerate any one of them it would be the Clintons. Michele looks like such a spoiled angry 'elitist' and Barack like the, " please don't leave me" kind of guy that it made this book all the more fun to read. The interesting thought for me is if these supposed sources, upon Barack's exit from the White House, will come forward and verify the inform ...more
Lissa Albert
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It reads like a Hollywood novel - juicy stories about well-known celebrities, feuds, bad blood, vindictiveness and promised revenge.

But Edward Klein doesn't write gossip. He has very credible sources, is highly placed on the political stage and writes what he can corroborate. This follow-up to The Amateur is eye-opening drama that really sheds light on the behind-the-scenes stories in Washington.

I only hope its publication date, 2 years in advance of the 2016 election, can help inform those who
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!! One of my favorite lines from the book is Hilary quoted saying the "Bill was on one of his magical mystery tours" around the world. This was definitely a gossip book and I found myself feeling a little bad for the Clinton's and Obama's that their closest friends had revealed such intimate information about them. While the author was hard on both families I believe that he was a little bit in awe of Bill while he had no use for Obama. I recommend this book to anyone even those that ...more
Elliot Davidson
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Denise Ward
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Not the best read book I've ever read, but as a conservative I did love the blood in the water. They certainly viciously hate each other & there's enough truth in what he writes to be quite can see it in the interactions of the 4 of them in everyday life, quite apart from the book. Such a fun read!
Mary Christian Payne

I greatly enjoyed this book. Mr. Klein has a very convincing way of telling the story of the feud between these politicos. While I do not care for the Clinton's, I loath Obama, and I believe he is portrayed very accurately in this. look. I applaud this author for bringing the truth to light.
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is like the National Enquirer of politics. Gossip is substituted for facts. Don't waste your time.
Alex Linschoten
Jun 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Badly written. Poorly sourced. Don't waste your time or money.
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Edward J. Klein (born 1937) is an American author, tabloid writer and gossip columnist who is a former foreign editor of Newsweek, and former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine (1977-1987). He has written about the Kennedys, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Donald Trump.

Klein is the former foreign editor of Newsweek and served as the editor-in-chief of T
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